‘White hat’ hacker rewards skyrocket as cyber attack threat looms

Technology giants are handing out record payouts to stay-at-home hackers who spot bugs in their products according to industry insiders.  

The average award for critical vulnerabilities increased 33pc to $20,000 (£15,000), according to HackerOne, a bug bounty platform that connects companies with ethical hackers.

The company, which enlists hackers from around the world, said that 116 critical vulnerabilities discoveries were rewarded with $10,000 payouts in the past year, a reflection of both the growing threat and the price companies are willing to pay for crowd-sourced cyber security. 

Top earning hackers on the platform made almost three times the median salary of a software engineer in their…

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